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believed

[ bih-leev ]SEE DEFINITION OF believed
  • verbtrust, rely on
  • verbassume or suppose

Synonyms for believed

  • accept
  • admit
  • conclude
  • consider
  • have
  • hold
  • regard
  • suppose
  • think
  • trust
  • understand
  • accredit
  • affirm
  • buy
  • conceive
  • credit
  • deem
  • posit
  • postulate
  • presuppose
  • swallow
  • attach weight to
  • be certain of
  • be convinced of
  • be credulous
  • be of the opinion
  • count on
  • fall for
  • give credence to
  • have faith in
  • have no doubt
  • keep the faith
  • lap up
  • place confidence in
  • presume true
  • reckon on
  • rest assured
  • swear by
  • take as gospel
  • take at one's word
  • take for granted
  • take it
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Antonyms for believed

  • abandon
  • deny
  • disbelieve
  • discard
  • dismiss
  • dispute
  • disregard
  • exclude
  • forget
  • ignore
  • neglect
  • refuse
  • reject
  • distrust
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELIEVED

I have sought for thee throughout the world, and at last I believed thee dead.

The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?

Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?

I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.

It had been folly enough while he believed that she stood ready to accept him and his wealth.

The old farmer had believed the solemn words of the impostor.

The government of Sir Robert Peel was believed to be of immovable strength.

She could never have believed she could have felt such a pang.

Her mind was just about as deep, he believed, as the tiny collar she was measuring.

"I would'nt have believed it possible," she declared, vastly impressed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cf. Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (see belief).

Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered, perhaps by influence of relieve, etc. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing. Expression believe it or not attested by 1874; Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of the same name is from 1918. Emphatic you better believe attested from 1854.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BELIEVED

held

adjectivegrasped
  • adhered
  • believed
  • clutched
  • controlled
  • defended
  • detained
  • gripped
  • guarded
  • occupied
  • retained
  • taken
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